At Venterra Realty Management Company, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 295 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.65. It was published on Jul 10, 2018. 6880 Visitors

What Employees Say

When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
95%
 
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
94%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
93%
 
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
93%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
93%
 

What They Do

We asked Venterra Realty Management Company to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Venterra owns 56 apartment communities in twelve major US cities, home to more than 28,000 residents and 4,000 pets. We are committed to delivering amazing customer experiences, improving the lives of our employees, and bettering the communities that surround us.  

About this Company

Website: www.venterra.com Industry: Real Estate
US Headquarters: Houston, Texas, 77070 US Sites: 57
Major Locations: Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Raleigh, North Carolina US Employees: 450
US Revenues: $211 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2001

Venterra Realty Management Company has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in Texas 2018 (ranked 2)

Best Small & Medium Workplaces 2018 (ranked 66)

Best Medium Workplaces 2017 (ranked 48)

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 67)


Employees in our Atlanta Region aren't afraid to jump into action!

Perks and Programs

We asked Venterra Realty Management Company to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Venterra Cares: We offer our team members eight paid hours annually to volunteer in any service activity of their choice as individuals or as teams, making it easy for employees to positively impact the communities where we live and work, and our VolunteerMatch.com partnership allows them to engage in the local causes that they find the most meaningful. In 2017, we partnered with Feeding America and volunteered at local food banks and hosted food drives at our communities. Joining Habitat for Humanity, we helped provide housing for those in need, and we hosted toy drives for Toys for Tots to provide gifts to youth who might otherwise go without them during the holidays. We’re excited about the level of participation we’ve seen so far, with our employees logging 614 volunteer hours in just over a year!
  • Employee Experience WOW Program: We understand the importance of creating amazing experiences for our employees, so we empower managers to wow their teams by setting aside an annual budget to create special moments for them through our “WOW-ee” program. In 2017, we increased the budget by $25 per employee, and managers spent more than $60,000. Recent “WOW-ee” moments have included surprising a new employee with plane tickets to visit his family in Puerto Rico, purchasing a maintenance team tickets to a soccer game so they could enjoy their favorite sport together, and surprising a mother-to-be with a baby shower and a gift card for the 4D ultrasound she had been wanting so she could get a sneak peek of her baby. Managers do not need to ask permission to use these funds, and we encourage them to use their judgment on how to give back to their teams and create amazing employee experiences.
  • Better Living: We want to help employees toward achieving their fullest potential both professionally and personally. From our Better Living site, employees can set goals and track progress, celebrate milestones along the way, and cheer on fellow employees helping make their goals a reality. Whether it’s living healthier, spending more time with family, or giving back to the community, the program has made a real impact in the lives of our team members. We also recently began offering free enrollment in the Dave Ramsey financial wellness program, SmartDollar, to help support employees’ financial goals. In 2017, over 300 goals were set, and we celebrated by rewarding over $15,000 in prizes and incentives. In addition, we recognize an annual “Better Living Champion” with a $2,000 grand prize to celebrate their success. Our 2017 champion earned the title by spreading love within her community by setting monthly volunteer service goals.
  • Better Way: Through the Better Way program, our employees can pose any question directly to our COO and Senior Management Team and receive an answer within 15 days. This program encourages our employees to submit ideas to improve the organization or make life better for our residents or team members. Gathering feedback allows us to drive innovation by involving all employees in our goal of “getting better, faster.” In 2017, we awarded a record-breaking 97 Better Way winners including our $2,000 Better Way Grand Prize Winner, and since 2011, we have had over 3,700 Better Way submissions and awarded more than $80,000 to employees for their creative ideas. Additionally, a recent expansion of the program allows residents to submit suggestions, as well, giving us an opportunity to further improve operations and the communities in which they live.
  • Disaster Relief Efforts: 2017 proved to be a difficult year for several of our employees, residents, and family members. Communities in our Houston and Florida regions were dramatically affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but Venterra stepped up to help those in need through our Disaster Relief Program. We set up an online fundraising account to direct financial assistance to more than a dozen employees whose lives were impacted by Harvey, and we matched employee donations five to one, ultimately raising $47,000 so these individuals could get back on their feet, faster. Additionally, employees within affected regions took it upon themselves to assist in relief efforts by working to prevent flooding, evacuate residents, clear drains, and create “WOW moments” for new residents who had fled the flooding. Communities across our portfolio held diaper, clothing and non-perishable food drives, gathering supplies which were personally transported or shipped directly to Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
  • Venterra University: Offering training and continuing education to employees increases productivity, provides a career development path, encourages advancement, and increases commitment to our company. Venterra University, our Training and Development Program, provides associates with a blended learning experience and gives them the knowledge, skills, and tools to succeed in their careers. The program includes new employee orientation, customer and employee experience training, quarterly training on “hot topics,” role-specific training by a certified Venterra mentor, access to nearly a hundred online courses, the ability to purchase books at no cost, our Annual Leadership Conference, and our Educational Assistance Program, providing upfront funding for external learning opportunities from day one, up to 3% of an employee’s annual salary. Our training program, in combination with a focus on internal promotion, has led to a full 75% of our corporate and regional positions being held by promoted individuals.
  • Customer Experience WOW Program: In addition to our “WOW-ee” Program empowering managers to positively impact the lives of our team members, we have a $200,000 annual budget allowing employees to create personalized and meaningful “WOW” moments for our 28,695 residents. Whether it’s coordinating a surprise birthday party for an elderly resident, making a dream vacation a reality, or helping meet the needs of hurricane victims, our team members are encouraged to make a difference in the lives of others. We provide rewards to employees for WOW stories “liked” by their peers and award a “WOW” winner annually with a $2,000 check. These stories are highlighted in our annual “Venterra Experience” book along with select WOW-ee stories, our unique company perks and programs, employees and resident testimonials, and the most recent developments within our organization. The annual publication is made available to view from our website and for purchase at Amazon.com.
  • Orlando Vacation Suite: In the spirit of delivering on our Employee Promise to “make time to have fun,” we provide employees with a complimentary, fully-furnished Orlando apartment so they can make memories with those that mean the most to them. This helps them fulfill the dream of a family trip to Disney World, visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or simply get away for a few days of fun in the sun. The benefits of a free stay in one of the country’s biggest tourist attraction cities have been well received by employees, and forty groups of friends and family took advantage of the perk in 2017. The vacation suite has been consistently rated as five-star from visitors, and feedback from employees has included comments such as “awesome experience!,” “they thought of everything!,” and “what a great benefit for Venterra families!”
  • Never Miss an Important Moment: An amazing employee experience doesn’t end at our office doors. We’ve made it easy for our employees to enjoy the moments that matter most with our “Never Miss an Important Moment” Program. We want our team members to live life to the fullest, and this means making sure they enjoy the important things in life. Venterra managers are empowered to provide employees with the time off they need when they need it. Whether someone has a child with an upcoming soccer game, needs to visit with an ill family member, or has a life milestone to celebrate, our leaders do their best to accommodate those needs. In addition to time off for individual life experiences, Venterra employees enjoy having their birthdays as a paid day off and receive additional paid days off around Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Thanksgiving.
  • Take Your Dog to Work Days: Studies have shown that having pets in a workspace can decrease stress, help build camaraderie among teams, and contribute to a more welcoming environment overall. With these benefits (and a general love for dogs) in mind, Venterra employees are encouraged to bring their canine pals into work twice a year to help lend a paw around our offices and communities. The addition of four-legged family members helps our properties feel a little more like home to team members and residents alike. Our managers also encourage employees to take their dogs to work during potentially stressful times such as during busy summer months, the holidays or during a quarterly evaluation meeting where candid feedback is provided to the employee. We’re always excited to see photos and videos of these furry faces shared on our internal social networking platform, Yammer, and externally on social media and company blog posts.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$35,250 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Better Living Consultant $67,550 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Community Manager
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 5% of salary85% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for 96)
65% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for 96) $1,450 Average Tuition Reimbursement
The surf theme at our latest annual award ceremony had us catching a wave into the new year!

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

21 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule (15% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Free snacks and beverages, on-site mailing/package locker service, fitness centers, UBER Central transportation service, discounted apartment rentals)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

56 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$102,200 Philanthropic donations in last year Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit
21 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Recycling program

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Speakers of English as a second language

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Our Fort Worth Region spent Venterra Cares volunteer hours teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to help make a difference in the lives of a few local residents!

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Community food drives are one of the many ways we give back through the Venterra Cares program!

How to Get Hired

We asked Venterra Realty Management Company for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our Core Values shape an environment where caring, passionate and innovative employees love coming to work every day and where they can make a difference. We believe a candidate will be a great fit for our company if they possess these values: Honesty and Integrity, Humility, Never Ending Pursuit of Excellence, Team First, Candor and Openness, Respect and Unparalleled Service Excellence. We identify employees that we believe are aligned with these values and exemplify them in their everyday lives. We also look for “grit,” a term described by Angela Duckworth in her book, 'Grit-The Power of Passion and Perseverance' where individuals excel in times of adversity and have a desire to overcome obstacles. To assess these values, we have a culture fit assessment and we assess candidates in live situations by moving the interview out of the boardroom.  We also discuss the importance of our core values with every candidate. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates who exhibit a passionate, caring, driven, and humble approach to life get our attention. We have found that a common element of successful candidates is truly “Wanting to Make a Difference” in the lives of others and in their surroundings. This desire, an alignment with our Core Values, and having “grit” are strongly correlated to employee success, so our interview process is designed to identify these elements. The prospective employees who are excited about joining our culture and can’t wait to wow their residents, peers, and those in need also certainly make an impression. A combination of testing, video screening, "out of the office" interviews, peer lunches, and Culture Fit Assessments help those best aligned with our values to stand out from the crowd. These candidates are also the most likely to express an appreciation for the process, understanding that it’s designed to help ensure mutual benefit.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Although we are a Real Estate company, it is important that our employees embrace the philosophy that we are a technology company as well. We must hire individuals who embrace technology to ensure our long-term competitiveness.  In the next year, we are focused on recruiting prospective employees who possess an analytical mindset and have experience using SQL, Excel, and data science to extract, mold, and structure data. Having individuals focused on bridging the gap between the business needs and technical requirements to meet those needs will be imperative. A focus on hiring these individuals will ultimately lead to reduced costs, improved efficiency and improved and strategic decision making.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To find out more about what makes us unique, we encourage interested candidates to visit our company website (www.venterra.com), where they can see employee testimonials, learn about our unique culture, review the steps to our hiring process, read and subscribe to our blog, "The Venterra Skinny," and more. Candidates can also find out about our multiple Glassdoor “Best Places to Work” awards as well as our company strengths and weaknesses from anonymous employee reviews on Glassdoor (glassdoor.com). The direct feedback from our employees can help candidates identify if they are a good fit for us & what to expect when you work at Venterra. In addition, they can flip through our latest online WOW Book, The Venterra Experience (https://bit.ly/2IgXFQi), and can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. After diving into our culture, candidates can review our current open positions and apply directly at jobs.venterra.com. 

hiring Outlook

135 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 7% Job Growth
60 Average applicants per opening 10,480 Total job applicants
37% New hires by employee referrals 47% Openings filled by current employees
8 Recent graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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